Post by stratomaster on Mar 17, 2006 22:58:44 GMT -5
I have '96 MIM Strat. It has the original single coils in the neck and bridge positions and a Fender Lace Sensor Gold in the middle. I pretty much only use the middle pup because it makes virtually no noise and switching to the others was irritating. So, I perfomed the QTB on it and now the neck and bridge are quieter, though not silent like the Lace Sensor. Anyways now that I'm trying to use the other pups, I noticed that when I switch to positions 2 and 4, the tone drops out a little and the volume may drop slightly too. I measured the resistance of the stock pups at 6.7k each, the Lace Sensor is 5.8k, and I get 3.2k when 2 pups are on together. Is this a problem or a feature?
Stratomaster A Stratocaster In positions 2 and 4 puts the pickups in parallel. This does produce an even thinner sound than the single coil sound, but it is definitely one of the distinctive sounds of a Stratocaster. ( For example, position 4 = "Sultans Of Swing" sound.)1
As for the DC resistance dropping, the reading you obtained from your meter would be correct. For 2 resistances in parallel, the formula would be (6.7 * 5.8) ÷ (6.7 + 5.8) which reduces to about 3.1 kilohms. Here's a calculator at my website if you need to calculate any more parallel resistances. www.1728.com/resistrs.htm
1 Yes, I know it isn't exactly the "Sultans of Swing" sound but close enough.
Post by stratomaster on Mar 21, 2006 7:04:38 GMT -5
A Stratocaster In positions 2 and 4 puts the pickups in parallel. This does produce an even thinner sound than the single coil sound, but it is definitely one of the distinctive sounds of a Stratocaster.
Thanks for the tip, Wolf. I adjusted my pickups so the volumes are equal (middle pickup was too low :. Now it sounds a lot better in positions 2 and 4.
Dear Moderator, I've realized that I should have started this thread in the "Pickups" forum. Please feel free to move it there.